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Illuminata: A Return to Prayer

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Publisher Comments:

Marianne Williamson's bestselling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.

Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.

Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?

Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.

"Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."

Synopsis:

Marianne Williamson's bestselling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.

Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.

Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?

Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.

"Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."

Synopsis:

A beautiful volume of prayers and meditative writings by the acclaimed author of A Return to Love and A Woman's Worth. Prayer is practical, says Williamson, a way to create a sweeter, more abundant life for ourselves and the people for whom we care. "Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world". (Prayer & Spirituality)

About the Author

Marianne Williamson is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Illuminata, A Woman's Worth, and A Return to Love. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Currently, Marianne Williamson is the spiritual leader of The Church of Today, a Unity church in suburban Detroit.

Table of Contents

A Way In

Introduction

Part I: Thoughts 1. Renaissance

2. The Luminous Mind

3. Mystical Power

Part II: Prayers

1. Ladders to God

2. Daily Prayers

Daily Renewal: Prayer and Meditation

Morning Prayer

A New Day

Evening Prayers

3. Prayers for the Soul

Prayers for New Life

Happiness

Prayers for Depression

Prayer for the Higher Self

Clearing Up the Past

Washing Us Clean

Prayer for Faith

Filling the Emptiness

Group Prayer for God's Presence

4. Prayers for the Body

Gratitude for the Body

Prayers for Healing

Prayer for a Partner's Healing

Addictions

Age

Death

Prayer for a Peaceful Death

Prayer for the Dead

5. Prayers for Relationships

Loved Ones

Forgiveness

Anger

When We Have Been Betrayed

Friendship

Prayer Between Friends

When Conflict Happens

Falling in Love

Romance

Prayer to Attract Great Love

Intimacy

Prayers for Couples

Fear of Intimacy

Resisting Love

The Mystical Reconnection

Sex

Sexual Violation

Obsession and Addiction in Love

Prayer for a Broken Relationship

Prayer for Our Home

Prayer for Our Parents

Prayer for Our Children

Prayer for Myself

6. Prayers for Work and Creativity

Work

Prayer for Achievement

Prayers for Deliverance

Releasing Outcome

Transforming Failure

Prayer for New Beginnings

Money

7. Prayers for the World

The World

The Healing of Nations

Amends to the African-American

Amends to the Native American

Hatred in America

Healing America

Prayer for America

Amends Between Men and Women

Prayer for the Leaders

Prayer of the Healer

Prayer for the Victim of Violence

Prayer for the Perpetrator

Prayer for the Earth

Prayer for the World

Part III: Rites of Passage

1. Ceremonies of Light

2. Blessing of the Newborn

3. Rite of Puberty: The Consecration of Adulthood

4. Ceremony of Marriage

5. Ceremony of the Elder: A Rite of Midlife

6. Ceremony of Divorce

7. Memorial Service

Part IV: Hallelujah

Rapture

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573225205
Author:
Williamson, Marianne
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
Prayer
Subject:
Prayers
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Meditation
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Life cycle, human
Subject:
Bible - Meditations - General
Subject:
Religion Comparative-Scripture and Prayer
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Riverhead ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.46x4.56x.82 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Marianne Williamson's bestselling A Return to Love ended with a prayer in which she asked God to help us "find our way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven." Now, in this stunning new collection of thoughts, prayers, and rites of passage, Marianne Williamson returns to prayer.

Prayer is practical, Williamson tells us. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into our daily lives, with prayers on topics from releasing anger to finding forgiveness, from finding great love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers for couples, for parents, and for children; prayers to mend broken relationships and prayers to overcome obsessive and compulsive love. There are prayers to heal the soul, prayers to heal the body, and prayers for work and creativity.

Williamson also gives us prayers for the healing of America, including two prayers that have had powerful effects on audiences at her lectures: a prayer of amends on behalf of European Americans to African-Americans and one to Native Americans. How, Williamson asks, can we expect anyone to forgive when we have made no formal apology?

Another section includes rites of passage, ceremonies of light for the signal events in our lives: blessing of the newborn, coming of age, marriage, and death. There is also a ceremony of the elder, for moving into midlife, and a ceremony of divorce, in which a gentle transition is provided for both the couple and their children.

"Read my prayers or someone else's," Williamson says. "By all means, create your own." Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. "No conventional therapy," she says, "can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world."

"Synopsis" by , A beautiful volume of prayers and meditative writings by the acclaimed author of A Return to Love and A Woman's Worth. Prayer is practical, says Williamson, a way to create a sweeter, more abundant life for ourselves and the people for whom we care. "Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world". (Prayer & Spirituality)
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